Exposure Software releases Exposure X5, including new selective editing features and more


posted Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM EDT


Exposure Software (formerly known as Alien Skin Software) has launched Exposure X5, the latest version of their complete non-destructive raw editing software. The primary features of X5 include over 500 customizable presets, 3D color masking, Photoshop and Lightroom plug-in support, black and white processing, non-destructive layer-based editing, organizational tools such as keywords, virtual copies, portrait retouching, selective editing tools and much more.

When considering new features specifically, Exposure X5 includes brand-new 3D color masking, which allows for precise control over where image adjustments are applied. Further, this new editing feature allows the user to specify areas to edit defined by luminance, hue and saturation. There are masking presets included as well, which can automatically select sky, foliage, skin tones and more with a single click. For precise manual selection, X5 also includes an eyedropper tool.

Another new feature are user-supplied camera profiles. You can apply DCP files to raw files and control the interpretation of color from raw sensor data of particular cameras. The DCP files are applied at the start of the rendering process in X5 and allows for adjustment of hue, saturation and lightness of all colors. Further, users have access to camera presets matched by camera model or serial number alongside optional matching by lens or ISO.

Exposure X5 now includes complete lens corrections as well. This includes new manual correction options for barrel and pin-cushion distortion, vignette correction, chromatic aberration correction and a new color defringe tool. The software includes manual controls, profile-based corrections and automatic algorithm-based lens corrections.

To see the full list of features in Exposure X5, click here. Exposure X5 is available now in standalone and bundle options and can be purchased as an upgrade or a brand-new license. The standalone X5 costs $119 USD for a new user and $89 USD for an upgrade. The Exposure X5 bundle includes X5 plus Snap Art and Blow Up plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop. The bundle costs $149 USD for a new user or $99 for an upgrade license. To reiterate, Exposure X5 exists as a standalone app, but also as a plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop. To download a free 30-day trial or purchase a license, click here.

To see some of the new features in action, I have included numerous videos of Exposure X5 from Exposure Software below: